The Kitchen House - Chapters 49-55 Summary & Analysis

Kathleen Grissom
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Chapter 49

After the Maddens visit, Lavinia begins taking laudanum to drown her sorrows. Lavinia thinks she can handle it, but quickly becomes addicted. About the same time, Lavinia finds Belle’s freedom papers, hidden long ago by Mrs. Pyke. That Christmas, Lavinia assists in the delivery of Beattie’s baby. During the process, Lavinia sees marks on Beattie’s body that seem to prove her relationship with Marshall is not voluntary. This ends the angst Lavinia feels toward Beattie.

Lavinia tells Sukey about the papers for Belle she found and how she plans to take them to Belle. However, Lavinia is once again turned back around by Rankin. That night, Marshall confronts Lavinia in front of Sukey. Sukey tries to defend Lavinia and is taken away. Soon after, Lavinia learns that Marshall has sold Sukey. After this, and the news that Will has...

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